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Events 2004

Jewish Book Week holds recordings of nearly 1000 of our past events. You can click on the boxes below to browse by festival year, or type in the fields to search for a speaker, event title or topic.

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The Language of Others: Hélène Cixous, Jacques Derrida

Contributor(s): Hélène Cixous | Jacques Derrida

01/03/2005 - 11:00 am

Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous are two of the world’s most celebrated figures in the fields of philosophy and literature. Both occupy crucial positio... read more

Mourning a Lost Father: Avraham Balaban

Contributor(s): Avraham Balaban

07/03/2004 - 3:00 pm

Avraham Balaban’s memoir of his childhood on Kibbutz Huldahweaves together two interrelated stories: a sensitive artist growing up in the pragmatic wor... read more

Reading Group: Shelley Weiner

Contributor(s): Shelley Weiner

07/03/2004 - 3:00 pm

Jewish Book Week presented two opportunities to experience a reading group. Hosted by author Shelley Weiner. On 7 March the group discussed Weeping Suzannah... read more

Fables from the Distant Past: Raphael Loewe

Contributor(s): Raphael Loewe

07/03/2004 - 3:00 pm

Isaac Ibn Sahula’s fables in Meshal haqadmoni comprise a series of debates, rich in contemporary satire, placed in the mouths of animals. Touching o... read more

Behind the Gossamer Wall: Micheal O’Siadhail

Contributor(s): Micheal O'Siadhail

07/03/2004 - 3:00 pm

The Gossamer Wall (2002) is a collection of poetry that bears witness to the trauma of the Holocaust. The result of many years of immersion in the testimonies ... read more

Desert Island Books: Edwina Currie

Contributor(s): Edwina Currie

07/03/2004 - 2:00 pm

In a lively and entertaining final session, Edwina Currie, novelist, diarist and broadcaster, spoke about her life and times, from her orthodox childhood in Liv... read more

The Genius of Joseph Roth: Michael Hofmannn

Contributor(s): Michael Hofmann

07/03/2004 - 1:45 pm

Joseph Roth (1894-1939) was born to German-speaking Jewish parents in Galicia. He was the great elegist of the cosmopolitan, tolerant and doomed Central Europea... read more

The Fab Four: Tracy Chevalier, Jeremy Gavron, Charlotte Mendelson & William Sutcliffe

Contributor(s): Tracy Chevalier | Jeremy Gavron | Charlotte Mendelson | William Sutcliffe

07/03/2004 - 11:00 am

In September 2003 the Jewish Chronicle published its list of the “Fine Nine” most talented young Jewish authors in Britain today. In this sessi... read more

Football Crazy: Simon Kuper, Amy Raphael, Colin Shindler

Contributor(s): Simon Kuper | Amy Raphael | Colin Shindler

07/03/2004 - 10:45 am

In a classic Book Week 3:1 formation, some of the most talented writers on the game discussed the Jewish obsession with football and the most important question... read more

Jacob’s Gift: To be a Jew: Jonathan Freedland

Contributor(s): Jonathan Freedland

07/03/2004 - 12:30 am

Jacob’s Gift is Jonathan Freedland’s family memoir, about Jewishness, identity and belonging. An inquiry into the inheritance he is giving to his ... read more

Building the Dream: Zvi Efrat, Ilan Troen & Eyal Weizman

Contributor(s): Zvi Efrat | Eyal Weizman  | Ilan Troen

06/03/2004 - 1:15 pm

For hundreds of years Jews dreamed of returning to Zion. At the end of the 19th century, the dream became reality, and between 1880 and the end of the 20th cen... read more

Re-inventing the Jewish Man: Daniel Boyarin, Michael Gluzman

Contributor(s): Daniel Boyarin | Michael Gluzman

04/03/2004 - 4:00 pm

In his provocative Unheroic Conduct: The Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the Jewish Man (1997), Daniel Boyarin argues that gender roles are ... read more

My Wounded Heart: Ilse Doerry, Martin Doerry

Contributor(s): Ilse Doerry | Martin Doerry

04/03/2004 - 3:45 pm

My Wounded Heart by Martin Doerry is the story of his grandmother, Lilli Jahn, a gifted doctor and mother of five. Divorced by her Aryan husband, she was sent ... read more

My Maimonides: Stefan Reif

Contributor(s): Stefan Reif

04/03/2004 - 3:30 pm

“From Moses until Moses there was none like Moses.” Moses Maimonides, philosopher, commentator, jurist and physician, was born in Cordoba in 1135. T... read more

Meet The Author: Benjamin Markovits


04/03/2004 - 1:15 pm

Benjamin Markovits’ novel, The Syme papers, is about genius and failure, and the possibilities and pitfalls of discovery. In this session, to mark th... read more

Literary Lunch: Obsessions

Contributor(s): Ronald Harwood

04/03/2004 - 1:00 pm

In an intriguing session, Ronald Harwood shares a writer’s obsessions of childhood and adolescence and their refusal to be appeased. read more